The Quest!

“My favorite part was definitely the older girls working with and helping the younger ones as well as how welcoming and accommodating the city was. We will be back next year!”

“My girl had a great time, and I was very impressed with how well organized the event was. Kudos to everyone involved!”

“My favorite part was just getting to walk all over Savannah and learn about it. I’ve already added next year to our troop calendar!”

“I give it 5 stars. I had a blast!”

What exactly is this Quest?
The “Quest” in QuestFest stands for our main event, which, for the first time, will be a virtual scavenger hunt! The twist? Both competitive and noncompetitive teams are searching for experiences, not items. Using a smart phone, your team will choose challenges, submit photographic evidence and receive points via our QuestFest app.  The more creative a submission, the more points awarded! Make sure to think outside of the box because the winning teams receive great cash prizes! The best part of the whole thing? The challenges, or QUESTS, are designed with Girl Scout values in mind, so while we’re having fun, we’ll also be making the world a better place! We’ll also have a closing ceremony to showcase the best quests PLUS a special virtual concert by Kristina Lachaga!

The Quests are top secret until the event kicks off at the opening ceremony on Saturday morning, but there’s a few things you can do to prepare:

  • Make sure that at least one team member has a smart phone with data or WiFi capabilities.
  • One or two people from your team will need to be familiar with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • It’s all about strategy! The teams that win have a good plan in place. Although your team can’t really decide on a plan of attack until the Quest starts, leaders and parents can start thinking about how they want to facilitate a strategy session with their girls.
  • Remember to have fun! This is ultimately about the girls having an unforgettable experience. We hope that QuestFest will unleash her inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™.

TWO WAYS TO PLAY: Competitive or Non-Competitive

Competitive teams must have at least 8 but no more than 15 TOTAL PARTICIPANTS with a minimum of 2 adults and maximum of 4. (See chart below.) Only competitive teams are eligible to win the cash prizes. If your group doesn’t meet competitive team ratio requirements but still wants to be eligible to win the prize money, you are permitted to contact other troops/groups from inside or outside your council to combine with; however, QuestFest staff will NOT be able to pair teams for you this year. While it is not required, we do recommend trying to join teams together that are similar in age/grade level. If your group doesn’t meet team requirements and doesn’t wish to be paired with another group, you can still participate on our non-competitive track.

Brownies – Competitive teams of 10 or less must have 3 adults; more than 10 requires 4 adults
Juniors – Competitive teams of 10 or less must have 2-3 adults; more than 10 requires 3-4 adults
Cadettes+ – Competitive teams of 10 less must have 2 adults; more than 10 requires 3 adults

Non-competitive teams do not have any size requirements or cap on participating adults; however, non-competitive teams will not be eligible to win the cash prizes. You’re just playing for the magical fun of it!

This year, a team can be any of the following:
–   Troops (your own or a combination of different troops – local, across the country, or even across the world!)
–   Groups (groups of Girl Scout friends)
–   Friends who sign up for Girl Scouts

ADULT ALUM CAN QUEST TOO!
We heard you, alums! You want to get your troop back together and “Quest” too! This year, we have made that possible for you! Alum teams will be non-competitive (prizes will be reserved for girl teams only) but still have tons of fun! So get your team together and get ready to Quest!

SAMPLE QUEST ITEM #1:
Every day in the United States, millions of dollars in pennies alone exchange hands.  But how often do you actually take the time to look at the coins you exchange?  Well, now’s the time!  Pick a decade and see if you can find pennies from all the years of that decade; for example, if you pick the 1980s, you would need 1980 – 1989.  Submit a clear, close-up photo of all the pennies to earn the points for your team!

SAMPLE QUEST ITEM #2:
It’s a Girl Scout Sooooouul Train! Contrary to popular belief, disco is NOT dead!  We want you to get funky to a classic (and girl-appropriate) disco song and “make an entrance.”  Select a song like ABBA’s “Dancing Queen,” Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive,” “Boogie Shoes” by KC and the Sunshine Band, or “Disco Inferno” by The Trammps and practice a bit.  Then, with music playing (and utilizing the most disco-fabulous accessories you can find, of course) make a public entrance.  And by public, we mean from your house, into your front yard.  Form the Soul Train style dance line on each side of your door and have each member of your household dance on down to earn some major cool (and Quest) points for your team!  Feel free to invite your neighbors to watch & cheer you on from the sidewalk; you’ll get extra points for having an audience!

SAMPLE QUEST ITEM #3:
Let’s be honest; we’re all waiting on our letter from Hogwarts.  Maybe yours will come in the post so you start with the fall term.  Until then, however, let’s keep chasing that dream by practicing to join your future house team.  Grab members of your household and try to safely recreate one of the photos below to the best of your ability to get a leg up on your future classmates and earn some points for your team!